Miscellany 4

Some notes from the last month or two.

2000 Ployez Jacquemart Blanc de Blancs:  Wowed the crowd.  Lvoely and in a nice development place right now. Broad and savoury but still chardonnay fruit rich and taut.  Plenty of intensity and length.  91ish

Rene Geoffroy Brut Empriente:  These have been a bit variable, and this one was more at the aldehydic toasty end of the spectrum.  Like the style but prefer a little less development.  86ish this showing – higher on better bottles

Rene Geoffroy Brut Rose:  A favourite indulgence this – so primary fruit rich it feels naughty.  Raspberry, strawberry and cream followed by lemony brioche. 90ish

2011 Felton Road Elms Chardonnay:  Becoming a hourse Chardy as I accidentally bought these twice!  Very little wood here, just pure fruit.  And the family resemblance to the Bannockburn Chardonnay shows in the restrained elegant wheaty, rockmelon fruit and traces of nougat.  Nothing overly complex here, and no great length to speak of, but a tasty standing up wine all the same.  85ish

2009 Chard Farm Gewurztraminer:  This has been released later than a lot of aromatics, but is none the worse for it surprisingly enough.  Its about musky orange rind, pineapple and lychee to smell. You might expect something sweet – and you do get a textured, phenolic palate rather than an acid driven one, full of ginger spice, apricot, preseved lemon and funky musky damp earthy sexual smells.  If you have a middle eastern exotically spiced chicken dish this will be heaven, but it is harder going on its own.  Drink now with the right food. 84ish

2005 Pierre Amiot et Fils Morey St Denis les Ruchots: Sometimes a bigger pinot is called for.  This one had to deal with a 1 in ch thick BBQ’d rib fillet, and did the job surprisingly well.  From the Cote de Nuits commune I know the least about, but always recall bigger wines, so from a riper year like 05 this has to be a chance, and it is.  Blueberries violets and cedar nose.  Juicy forest fruits palate, with cedary cigar box oak, and pencil shaving, twiggy, tea leaf savoury characters starting to emerge in a full round ripe package.  There are traces of cola ripeness here too.  Not high in acid but firmly tannic, works well for the steak. Lovely and still very primary, with plenty of life ahead of it.  Shows off 05 very nicely. 92ish

2004 Tyrrells Vat 9 Shiraz:  Sweet, plush blueberries at first, moving to pruney cola and hunter savoriness.  24 hours later had fallen over completely. 86ish

2005 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese:  OMG this reminds me why I buy these.  Sometimes its gotta be Prum.  Glorious things these.  Shows its hallmark sulphur on opening, before giving up passionfruit and lime nose.  The palate is developing nicely now without showing anything remotely secondary – passionfruit, lime pith in the acidity area; creaming soda, vanilla and blackcurrant in the textural arena; and yellow peach richness and fruit ripeness.  Acids here are lower than some years and submerged in fruit, but they will resolve over time.  Plenty of time, if you can keep your hands off them, this is a lovely drink already that reveals a lot with patient sipping over an hour or so. 94ish



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One Response to Miscellany 4

  1. Lincoln says:

    Like the ish rating system 😉

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